A place to call home
Ronald McDonald House Monash
for families with seriously ill children in Monash Children's Hospital
Staying at the house
Our Monash House gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. Our warm and supportive home-away-from-home provides the whole family with a comfortable place to stay and peace of mind, knowing they can stay together and close to Monash Children’s Hospital.
On the grounds of Monash Children’s Hospital, our House has two fully self-contained units and 13 rooms, with different configurations to accommodate families. Our common areas allow for shared journeys and unwavering support from staff, volunteers and fellow guests, as well as much-needed spaces to relax and unwind on your own.
Our dedicated team of staff are guided by House Manager Anna Taylor. Our House also relies on a committed group of around 200 volunteers who generously give their time to make our families feel welcome and supported.
Who’s eligible to stay with us?
Keeping the family together can be extremely tough without support, which is why we offer accommodation for parents with seriously ill children who need to travel to the Monash Children’s Hospital, Casey Hospital or Dandenong Hospital. Our House also supports mothers going through high risk pregnancies. We try to accommodate the needs of families where we can, but this is always subject to availability.
Ronald McDonald House understands that being away from home for long periods of time can put families under financial pressure. That’s why our accommodation is free for eligible families of seriously ill children.
While our policy is to provide free accommodation, your stay at the House may require you to claim financial support towards accommodation and travel from the relevant government transport assistance scheme in your home state. Our friendly team are happy to work with you to apply for the relevant financial support.
To find out if you’re eligible for government financial assistance, contact your hospital social worker or talk to one of our team.
Want to know more?
Being forced to move your family far from home, work, school and your entire support network due to a child’s illness is extraordinarily tough. Our House has a wonderful community spirit, where you’ll be able to connect with other families going through experiences similar to your own. Our communal facilities also provide families with the independence to be able to cater for themselves and keep up with day-to-day living as much as possible.
Make an enquiry
There are two ways to get in touch with us:
Call the house on (03) 9966 8460.
Request a referral from a social worker or medical authority to stay at the House.
Ronald McDonald House Monash is located in Clayton on the grounds of Monash Children’s Hospital and just a few minutes’ walk from the hospital wards. Peacefully nestled in a grove of gum trees, our House feels comfortably separate from the clinical environs of the rest of the hospital. From our House, it’s an easy stroll to Fregon Reserve playground and walking distance to Clayton village, where you’ll find a variety of grocery stores, take-aways, restaurants and cafes.
How to get there
Ronald McDonald House Monash is located 10 mins walk from Clayton Station, located on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Exit the station and turn right onto Clayton Road, walk along the road until you read Monash Medical Centre. Enter MMC and walk through towards Monash Children’s Hospital. Exit through the car park where MMC and MCH meet towards Kanooka Grove.
Ronald McDonald House Monash has onsite parking, located on Kanooka Grove.
Ronald McDonald House Monash is accessible by bus lines 631, 703 and 733 which stop outside Monash Medical Centre. Enter MMC and walk through towards Monash Children’s Hospital. Exit through the car park where MMC and MCH meet towards Kanooka Grove.
While there’s no place like home, we do our best to create an environment that’s as homely as possible. Whether you’ll be staying with us for just a couple of nights or have many months ahead of you, our house functions as a real home, with everything you need to get through trying times together. All areas of the House are wheelchair accessible, with internal ramps and bathrooms equipped for people with disabilities.
We have 13 family bedrooms with differing layouts, offering space for different family configurations. Ceiling fans, air conditioners, heaters and televisions are fitted in each room and all linen is provided and laundered for the length of your stay.
We have two fully self-contained units which allow children who need special care or isolation to live with their family during their treatment.
Our communal kitchen is a nourishing space for body and mind. This is where families meet, eat and share stories. Each family has their own allocated fridge, freezer and pantry space in addition to the fully stocked communal fridge and pantry. A harmonious space, with three separate cooking zones, where families can cook together as friends, without having to compete over space! You’ll find everything you need to prepare your favourite meals, including residential ovens, microwaves, gas cooktops, crockery and utensils.Tea, coffee, Milo, milk and bread are complimentary. We aim for our freezer is also fully stocked with emergency meals for families at the end of an exhausting day at the Hospital.
A fun and colourful space with books and toys where kids can hang out and just be kids! Our playroom is packed with goodies guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours. There’s plenty of puzzles to choose from, and a DVD movie library.
Sometimes you need a bit of extra space where you can enjoy the company of your fellow families, or just take some time out with a good book, a movie or a favourite show on Foxtel.
We have three separate guest lounges so there’s almost always a free space, whether you’re up for socialising or just need some quiet time to snuggle up our super-comfy Lay-Z-Boy couches. Our lounges are stocked with complimentary tea and coffee facilities.
Courtyard and playground
Just five minutes in the fresh air can make all the difference when you’re having a tough day. The courtyard is a quiet, secluded spot to sit in the sunshine and read a book, with outdoor play equipment for the little ones and space to run around or ride bikes.
Particularly relished in the warmer months, our barbecue facilities and outdoor tables are great for having a get together with visiting guests.
No matter where you go as a family, washing duties are an unavoidable fact of life! Our House is fully equipped with two laundries, washing machines, dryers, clothes lines and ironing facilities.
Support for your stay
Ronald McDonald House Monash relies on the work of our volunteers and the financial support of individual and corporate donations.
Without their generous contributions, we would be unable to keep our doors open to families in need 365 days a year. Thanks to the public, we’ve been able to continually expand our operations to help more families and communities.
There are many ways you can contribute to Ronald McDonald House Monash.
Fundraise for us
What could be more fulfilling than bringing people together to transform the lives of the families who need our help?
Fundraising is an easy, meaningful and fun way to raise money. From sausage sizzles and trivia nights, to raising money on personal celebration days in lieu of gifts, you can give the gift of togetherness to families with seriously ill children.
So what’s the first step?
It’s never been easier. Simply start an online RMHC Group Give Fundraiser and let your network know about it!
Please contact us as at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Our volunteers are an invaluable asset to the House and are actively involved in a number of roles from housekeeping to administration and special events to cooking food for our families. Click here to find out more about volunteering opportunities.
Adopt A Room
Adopting a room is a unique opportunity to assist us in providing the highest level of comfort possible to our families. The proceeds of your adoption allow us to cover the costs associated with that room, including linen, electricity, maintenance, etc. Your adopted room will bear a plaque with your name on it, and we will keep you up-to-date with news, events and invitations to the exciting things happening at our Houses. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com
Make a Meal - Our Make a Meal dinner program gives families a welcome break from preparing a meal and having to wash up, and gives them the chance to spend some quality time together.
Baking with Love - Baking with Love gives our families a lovely home baked treat to brighten their day. Teams can bake and cook up a range of sweet and savoury treats together, before packaging them up for families to snack on.
Made with Love Frozen Meals - Made with Love frozen meals ensures our families have access to healthy, home cooked meals when they need it most.
Working Bee - A Working Bee may involve housekeeping duties such as general cleaning and maintenance tasks, assembly of furniture, organisation/redecoration of spaces, or any other tasks we need assistance with.
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Leave a Gift in your Will
Leaving a gift in your will, or a bequest, is a wonderful legacy for future generations. Anyone can leave a charitable bequest. It is a powerful way to make a positive impact on the future, without affecting your finances in the present.
Whenever the time is right for you, please consider remembering Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania in your Will. Your gift will provide love, care and support for seriously ill children and their families whenever they need it.
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